Thank you for your interest in submitting a talk for the 2018 version of DevOpsDays DFW. In 2017 we doubled in size, and found an amazing hosting venue! Last year the conference was a huge success, and we look forward to doing it again on August 30-31.
We are excited to once again partner with Capital One who hosted our event in 2017 at Capital One Conference Center in Plano, TX. We anticipate attendance will once again quickly reach the venue’s full capacity of 430 enthusiastic IT professionals representing over 2,400 technology companies in Dallas-Fort Worth and the surrounding area.
In order to continue growing in size, we’re also expanding the scale of the event.
This year you can expect to see:
- A variety of topics
- Dedicated areas for open spaces
- Selected areas for sponsor demos (by request, first come first serve)
- Improved meal and beverage options (especially for vegetarian/vegans!)
- An Executive Leadership Summit August 29th
- An awesome Social Networking Event and Vendor Showcase August 29th
We are looking forward to seeing you in August for a great event!
DevOpsDays DFW 2018 is currently accepting talk proposals. These are 30~45 minutes presentation sessions that follow the Programming Guidelines listed below. We are also accepting Ignite Talk proposals from interested speakers. The Ignite Talks are auto-advancing five minute talks with 20 slides (max.). If you aren’t familiar with the Ignite Talk format, good examples can be found at: http://ignitetalks.io/.
Our programming is focused on four goals:
A primary focus this year is to grow the local DevOps leadership community in Dallas-Fort Worth. We want to provide a platform for local leaders and practitioners to share their ideas. Building a local community is core to the mission of DevOpsDays. Therefore, we will be actively recruiting local speakers and adding an emphasis to local voices, however all speakers are encouraged to submit interesting talks for consideration.
We are eager to provide a platform to our speakers. If DevOps hasn’t included people like you in the past, tell us about it in your proposal. We want to make a space for the perspectives of people that are underrepresented in or excluded from technology: people of color, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, students, veterans, and many more. In the more specific context of this event, we want to hear about DevOps from a wide set of roles: QA testers, security teams, DBAs, network administrators, compliance experts, UX designers, government employees, scientists, and any other technologists who face unique challenges.
Sure, we know that Cloud, Big Data, and containers are hot right now - but what’s going to be hot next year? What about in five years? Managed Services, or Serverless? Present the right idea at the right time, and you could help shape that! To help keep our content fresh, preference will also be given to talks that have never been presented at a conference, and speakers who aren’t regulars on the “conference circuit”.
Most session submissions focus on how to use a specific piece of technology - and most of those are not accepted. The most memorable conference talks question assumptions, make predictions, or draw conclusions. It’s even okay to (respectfully) tell someone that they’re wrong - we’d much rather have a disagreement than a room full of nodding heads! DevOpsDays are centered around open spaces, and a good session should act like fertilizer for them, giving people something to start talking about. We’re also very interested in nominations. Did you see an awesome presentation at another conference? Is one of your friends hoping to break into the conference circuit? Let us know who to reach out to, or send an introductory email yourself!
For DevOpsDays DFW 2018, we are actively soliciting talk proposals that address these topics:
- Software development practices for the DevOps world
- Site Reliability Engineering
- Security in DevOps
- Velocity, sustainability, and technical debt
- Quantifying productivity, failure, and risk metrics
- Professional development, teaching, training, and mentorships
- Emotional labor and empathy
- Teaching junior engineers how to be senior engineers
- Mental health, stress, and burnout
- Learning lessons from other fields (manufacturing, military, etc.)
We will also accept submissions on perennially popular topics as discussed at other DevOpsDays:
- Continuous Deployment
- Public and private cloud computing
- Performance Monitoring
- Configuration Management
- DevOps in the Enterprise
- Managed Services
- Development methodology
- Software craftsmanship
- Scaling out DevOps
- Hiring for DevOps
However, please consider that novelty is heavily encouraged as per our guidelines above. These topics are popular, but every year we will be receiving more submissions about them than we can accept.
Please keep these guidelines in mind:
Absolutely no vendor pitches
If your talk is only interesting to someone paying money for your product, it’s a bad fit for DevOpsDays.
For example: no heckling, no threats, no sexualized language or imagery, no insulting audience members
Explain why your proposal is interesting to the DevOps community
We’d rather have a lackluster abstract about a very interesting topic than a detailed outline of a topic that isn’t a good fit.
Your talk will go through a blind review process
That means that reviewers will receive a version of your talk edited to obscure all names, companies, and so on. Make sure that your proposal still makes sense without this information.
Avoid purely technical talks
We all love technology, but this isn’t a programming language conference or a Docker conference. Talk about tools in the context in which they’ll be used, and relate them to the problems that they solve.
Multiple proposals will not all be accepted
If you send in five proposals, we will accept the one that is the best fit for the conference. It’s very rare that any speaker will speak more than once, because that would lead to very homogenous programming.